Film series Alexander Kluge on Film and Video

Hannelore Hoger in Alexander Kluge's ARTISTS UNDER THE BIG TOP: PERPLEXED, 1967

10/21 & 10/22/16

Anthology Film Archives

32 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Hannelore Hoger in Alexander Kluge's Artists under the Big Top: Perplexed, 1967

When Anthology Film Archives opened its doors at 32 Second Avenue in 1988, the first series they presented was an Alexander Kluge retrospective. A central figure in the formation of the New German Cinema, a student of Theodor Adorno, and author across several media, Kluge is one of the most vital postwar European artists. He also remains one of the most active, even if his latter-day work is largely unknown on this side of the Atlantic.

This fall, Kluge returns to New York for a series of screenings and events. Anthology Film Archives will be taking advantage of his presence by organizing screenings of some of his famed feature films of the 1960s-80s, but also by providing the rare opportunity to dip into the vast body of video work he has created over the past 30 years. In 1987 Kluge founded the Development Company for Television Program (dctp), which has produced countless hours of programming for German television, including numerous documentaries and essay films by Kluge himself. Radically unlike conventional television programming—with a dizzying array of visual and historical fragments combined with on-screen text and interviews with figures both real and fictitious—this body of work represents a bold and fascinating attempt to find new, more collaborative and widely accessible ways to communicate through moving-image media. These screenings will provide the best chance to date for New York audiences to engage with this dimension of Kluge’s rich and uncompromising career.

Screening program:

Alexander Kluge
ARTISTS UNDER THE BIG TOP: PERPLEXED
October 21, 6:45pm

Alexander Kluge
GRAPES OF TRUST: FINANCIAL CRISIS, ADAM SMITH, KEYNES, MARX, AND OURSELVES. WHAT CAN WE RELY ON?
October 21, 9:15pm

Alexander Kluge
ODDS AND ENDS
October 22, 12:45pm

Alexander Kluge
SHORT VIDEO WORKS
Kluge in person for a Q&A session!
October 22, 3:00pm

Alexander Kluge
THE EMERGENCE OF CIVILIZATION FROM PARADISE AND TERROR, AND THE PRINCIPLE OF THE CITY
Kluge in person for a Q&A session!
October 22, 5:30pm

Alexander Kluge & Edgar Reitz
IN DANGER AND DEEP DISTRESS, THE MIDDLE WAY SPELLS CERTAIN DEATH
Kluge in person for a Q&A session!
October 22, 8:45pm

This program is co-presented by Anthology Film Archives and the Goethe-Institut as part of the Alexander Kluge in New York series of events from October 21 to 24.

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